Over the last two years participating in Women in Leadership in CSC, I have met many women from all around the world who love technology. What brings us together is our relationship with technology and a love for what we do: We love to help our clients transform and understand how technology can make a huge difference in their organisations.
On International Women’s Day, women and men in our organization celebrated our contributions to the company and the world. We came together to hear stories that centered on the message #BeBoldForChange. We shared amazing, inspiring stories from both our clients, our partners and our colleagues. We wore the colour purple with pride and challenged the stereotypes of women in leadership. We encouraged each other to step forward and make a difference, no matter how small that first step may be. The important thing is that you took it.
Listening to these stories reminded me that the journey is often exciting, changing, growing, learning and challenging — but rarely boring. It reminded me of lessons from Shakespeare’s famous works, and I thought I’d share those thoughts with you here:
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
With technology in particular, you can never rest on your laurels. Technology never stops developing, and we can never stop learning. One new technology can change everything. Don’t be afraid to take the alternative path offered to you. Embrace the change and help others to also change with the technology.
Remember technology loves fact and fiction. Technology can be fiction one minute and before you know it, it is now fact. We must accept the change and not be afraid to use them in your business. Sharing stories of how the technology can be used in a practical, positive manner can enhance adoption.
Know the blurring lines of technology fact and fiction are only going to get blurrier. If we can imagine it then it can happen; it’s just a matter of time. Be prepared for a few bumps and bruises along the way,
“A rose by any other name shall smell as sweet.”
As women in IT, we celebrate diversity and we welcome differences. We enjoy learning about different cultures, connecting with people around the world, and we love sharing stories. This diversity makes teams stronger and certainly makes a team or a group of people perform better; it’s almost like the roses grow together.
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve great things, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
The fear of rejection, the fear of failure — whatever fear is holding you back, you should embrace, channel and overcome. When we accept the challenge of things that scare us, we accomplish much and lead the way, encouraging others to achieve and to strive for more. Not being afraid of something means that you are not challenging yourself. Being afraid means that you are passionate about what you are doing, pushing the boundaries of what you can do and accepting the change. It shows that you care about what you do and who you are doing it for.
Whenever challenges come your way say, “Yes!” and have a go. Put yourself forward, hold on tight to the opportunity and don’t let go.
Being scared is a good thing, because it means that something great may eventually follow.
“Love all, trust a few and do wrong to none.”
This quote resonates with my experience of the CSC Women in Leadership community, the STEM community led by Miranda Webb, my dear friends and mentees in this group of women and what I have seen from leaders in our field, such as Sheryl Sandberg, and our company, such as Ian Sharpe, Sonia Eland and Delia Dent.
Their mentoring has allowed me to embrace this quote and the mission to always help, to realize that being bold and beautiful sometimes means you have to also be patient. This should not just be the case within an organisation though. The insights we discover through Women In Leadership and other areas of our career should help us all step forward and grow.
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
Sometimes we do not know what we are capable of until someone shines a light and shows us the way. Whether this be a male champion for change or a female leaders or perhaps even a family member. Seeing the light and a way forward in your journey is essential for growth. Sometimes others can see what we are capable of before we see it in ourselves. When you see the light fading in someone, reach out and offer a hand. When you see that light shining strong in someone, help them further and shine your light on them as well so that they can gain even more focus and clarity.
“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”
If we can silence the doubts in our heads, then we can achieve anything. We must bring up the next generation to believe that there is no such thing as “can’t” and that “we can do it together.” We should banish the word “impossible” resolving that it is a matter of perspective. With this mindset, our world — and organizations — would be a better place.
No one person is “just” an anything; we should remove that word from our vocabulary. Everyone of us, given the right circumstances and opportunities, is meant for greatness, even if we don’t know what those opportunities are just yet. Live in comfort knowing that your best success is just around the next corner of this amazing, ever-changing journey.